School zones don’t have to be danger zones – Streetsblog New York City

The big story today is the carnage around New York’s public schools. Our investigative reporter Jesse Coburn has published the results of a six-month survey of the roads around school buildings in the city and found that our children are at far greater risk than any of us parents, thought so.

And they are in danger just when they need to be protected: upon arrival in the morning and upon returning in the afternoon.

We won’t waste time restating all of Coburn’s findings — how students arrive and depart buildings on dangerous roads, how students in majority black and brown schools are at even greater risk, and what little the city has done. to keep cars from injuring our most vulnerable road users – but one stat really stood out for all of us: Drivers crashed nearly 50 times and injured a dozen people, near city schools during an average school day. That’s an accident every 29 minutes and an injury every two hours.

That’s why we, Transportation Alternatives, Open Plans and so many other advocates, demanded that the city’s education and transportation departments come together and simply ban cars from the roads around schools. During the pandemic, a few schools took advantage of the flexibility of the Covid-era government to close their streets to motorists, but only 40 of these “school streets” remain.

What if all 1,000 schools had quiet, safe streets around them? Well, not only would the kids be safe, but they could be…kids. Check out this Streetfilm on how they do it in Barcelona:

And in London:

The thing is, it shouldn’t be that hard to keep cars away from kids. Roads around schools should not be chaotic nightmares of stress and violence. And 24 children shouldn’t have died on the way to school in the past decade. It’s on us. And it must stop.

OK, out of the gallery. Here’s the news from a slow Monday:

  • Nicole Gelinas suggests the latest subway killings will drive ridership down again as more New Yorkers (well, the privileged) continue to work from home (New York Post). Meanwhile, Mayor Adams responded to the murder by sending more cops underground (NYDN, New York Post, amNY).
  • Here’s a bit of history: The last two street phone booths were removed (and our old editor was telling old stories about phone calls all day). Many outlets including daily news, amNY and gothamist – covered the photo shoot, but The gate to hell turned negative.
  • The Post will literally do anything to blame President Biden for everything. This time, the wreckage tabloid took a random tweet from journalist Sydney Pereira highlighting the high price of illegal nutcrackers and turned it into a slam on Bidenomics. Sorry, Post, but nutcrackers have always been more expensive in Prospect Park than in the Rockaways.
  • So much for the metro mask mandate. (The city)
  • Remember the Harlem power broker who was arrested, then released, for carrying a bicyclist? Well, former Assemblyman Keith Wright is now suing the city for wrongful arrest. (Patch)
  • Finally, our friends who are trying to get the city to fix Third Avenue in Manhattan have released a new video:

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